GeoAI Speaker Series

Dr. Michael F. Goodchild

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Date & time:

June 17, 2024 2:00 pm — June 17, 2024 3:00 pm

Discover groundbreaking research and applications at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and geospatial technology with the OGC GeoAI Speaker Series. Each online session features a 30-minute presentation from an AI expert, followed by a moderated question and answer period. These conversations will help the AI community overcome challenges and identify new opportunities to build the future of location technology for the good of society. The GeoAI speaker series is open to both OGC Members and the general public.

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Ethics in GeoAI


GeoAI addresses the geographic domain, that is, the surface and near-surface of the Earth. This is a very broad scope that both inherits the ethical issues of AI in general, and raises ethical issues that are specific to GeoAI. Moreover it is helpful to distinguish between machine learning on the one hand, and generative AI on the other. The presentation covers several topics within this broad scope, including the treatment of uncertainty and individual privacy, the doctrine of fitness for use and its role in repurposing, the possibility of introducing ethics through the user interface, and the difficulties of dealing with spatial heterogeneity.


Dr. Michael F. Goodchild

Michael F. Goodchild is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Until 2012 he held the Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair of Geography and was Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in Geography from McMaster University in 1969. His research and teaching interests focus on issues in geographic information science, including uncertainty in geographic information, discrete global grids, and volunteered geographic information. He has directed or co-directed several large funded projects, including the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the Alexandria Digital Library, and the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science. He was elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He has published over 550 books and articles. He moved to Seattle upon retirement in 2012, and currently holds part-time positions as Research Professor at Arizona State University and as Distinguished Chair Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His full CV is at

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